MSc in Physics of Materials


Program Description

Loughborough University has a long history of internationally recognised research in the study and development of new materials, and our Physics of Materials MSc provides you with the opportunity to work with expert researchers in the field. Our Physics of Materials MSc is a research-focused comprehensive programme designed to equip you with the advanced theoretical and mathematical skills of a professional physicist.

The ability to create new materials that are stronger, lighter, or perform better, is the key to advancements in all areas of science, technology and engineering. This cutting-edge postgraduate degree programme gives you the chance to explore, with our expert researchers, the physics of new materials, their preparation and characterisation, at a University that is internationally recognised for its contributions to the fields of physics and materials science.

Over the course of the Physics of Materials MSc programme, you will learn how to work with modern equipment and make an analysis of your own experimental and theoretical data, as well as applying modern physics methods to assess materials, examine properties of novel materials, and develop the advanced theoretical and quantitative skills that are highly sought after by employers.

The Physics of Materials MSc contains a combination of supervised research work, development of research skills and taught material designed to equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in the wide variety of industries whose successes are driven by the development of new materials, or to continue with your academic research.

Experimental facilities at Loughborough include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. The departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

What makes this programme different?

  • Research-focused
  • Delivered by internationally recognised experts
  • A wide range of experimental facilities

Who should study this programme?

Our Physics of Materials MSc is designed for students who are looking to develop advanced skills in the following: problem-solving; experimental, mathematical or computational techniques; scientific report writing and presentation skills; obtaining and understanding information from the scientific literature; the collection and analysis of data or the development of theoretical models.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in science or engineering, or appropriate professional experience.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in the English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

The modules on our Physics of Materials MSc aim to provide you with an opportunity to apply your broad understanding of basic principles to the solution of a specific and detailed problem pertinent to an area of current research activity.


Physics of Materials MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

  • Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences - 15 credits
  • Superconductivity and Nanoscience - 15 credits
  • Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics - 15 credits
  • Research Methods in Physics - 15 credits
  • Research Project - 90 credits

Optional modules

  • Polymer Properties - 15 credits
  • Polymer Science - 15 credits
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques - 15 credits
  • Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes - 15 credits
  • Materials Modelling - 15 credits

Future career prospects

The aim of the Physics of Materials MSc programme is to equip you with the key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research. Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles.

Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls-Royce, and Intelligent Energy, in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Welcome to Loughborough University's School of Science, home to the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Mathematics Education Centre.

Welcome to Loughborough University's School of Science, home to the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Mathematics Education Centre. Read less